Archive: December 2018

Recent Instagram Posts

Posted on December 20, 2018

If don't follow me on Instagram, here are a few photos from my recent Instagram post. If you do happen to follow me on Instagram, this is a opportunity to learn more about my photography.

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This photo was taken during a Jewish wedding ceremony at the Delray Beach Marriott. The Delray Beach Marriott is a very popular wedding venue in South Florida. The beach is directly across the street from the hotel, making it a favorite of brides and grooms. Couples select the Delray Beach Marriott because guests have access to the beach and all the great restaurants and shops around the hotel. This is just one example from the many Jewish weddings that we photograph around South Florida.

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This lovely portrait of bride with her gown amongst a sea of bridesmaid’s gowns was taken at the Sailfish Marina Resort in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. I’m always looking to create interesting and unique photos, so at this wedding I decided to make a background out of the bride’s gown and bridesmaids dresses. Since each bridesmaids dress was different but the same color, I thought that these bridesmaids’ dresses would make an unusual pastel colored background.
The Sailfish Marina Resort is a fantastic place for a wedding. The resort has a golf course and a marina so if your out of town wedding guests want to play a round of golf or take a boat trip while visiting for your South Florida wedding, they may do so.

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What a really cool spot for photos! This photo was taken at the Monkey Bar inside Boca Raton Resort and Club. As a preferred wedding photographer at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, I find myself photographing there quite often. Working at the same wedding venue over and over has its advantages because you can become extremely familiar with the layout of the venue and find all the great shooting locations. For example, I know every inch of Boca Resort which allows me to go directly to the areas I know are the best for photos – spots with the most interesting architecture, best lighting and overall ambiance. Boca Resort is a superb choice to host your South Florida wedding. Brides and grooms have the option of spending time at the main hotel and also the yacht club. We have photographed at both locations. However, working in the same venue time after time a photographer can fall into the trap of taking the wedding shots that are the most popular and deemed run of the mill. Nobody wants to fall into that rut. While there are popular photographic locations around the resort that many photographers utilize, often I find that it’s fun to create images in spots that one wouldn’t necessarily think of right away as being good for photos. I love to think out of the box and try to see places in a different way, visualizing how I can make an amazing photograph in an unusual or new location.
For this particular photo, I used the front gate of Boca Raton Resort and Club’s Monkey Bar. However, rather than simply putting the bride in front of the gate, I decided to use a spot light to cast a shadow onto the wall next to the gate. Hope you like the results!

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Engagement Photo at St Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida
If you are planning a South Florida wedding, then you should also thing about doing a South Florida engagement shoot. By booking an engagement shoot, you not only get beautiful photos, you also have the opportunity to work with your photographer in advance of you wedding day. When shopping for a wedding photographer, a bridal couple will view thousands and thousands of beautiful photographs in all different styles. Some of these styles include traditional portraits, wedding photojournalism, casually posed and fun action shots. For this photo, I had the engaged couple hold hands and walk around a few steps. By having the bride and groom walk, the movement creates a more exciting and spontaneous looking shot.

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This photo represents a beautiful family tradition. I thought this was very cool. This bottle of whisky was purchased and drank from when the groom was born. It was then re-opened and used for a toast at his wedding. Not every South Florida wedding has details such as this one to photograph. This one was truly very special for the families involved. You can’t tell from the photo, but this photo was captured at Diplomat Country Club - another very popular South Florida wedding venue.
Like the Boca Raton Resort and Club, the Diplomat Country Club also has a beach hotel. Wedding guests can play a round of golf and them spend the day at the Diplomat’s Beach Resort.

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South Florida Real Estate Photography and Videography

Posted on December 14, 2018

There is a great value in hiring a skilled real estate photographer. Buying a home is one of the most important and meaningful purchases someone can make. Not only is it a large amount of money, but it the place that they will actually live in and spend most of their time. It needs to work for the buyer on many levels – aesthetically of course, location, condition, space and many, many other aspects that are important as one makes this life changing decision.

As Isaac Klein from SipKlein Luxury Real Estate states,
"Great photography and well executed short videos can really bring properties to life. The first thing a perspective buyer sees when searching for real estate are the pictures, that's where it all begins."

BELOW: By using drone photography I was able to convey the location of this intercostal waterway home.

With this said, people are visual animals. We like to look at pictures to help us make decisions on purchases. For example, online shopping has grown tremendously in recent years – largely due to convenience, however without compelling photos of products, retailers wouldn’t be able to sell as efficiently.

BELOW: People who love to play golf would take special notice when they see a property with beautiful scenic golf course photos.

Selling a house is similar to selling lots of other products. Companies selling products spend small fortunes making their products look great. People buy partly based on emotion and nice looking photos convey to the potential homebuyer that their new home could fit their needs and style.

BELOW: Adding people to your real estate photos and video is an excellent way add emotion to your images.

As a South Florida real estate photographer, I am very familiar with the many different types of properties that are available here and some of the unique selling features that Florida buyers are looking for. Many properties in South Florida are on some body of water – be it a canal, lake or even the ocean. This is a tremendous selling feature to potential buyers and this aspect should be photographed in the most flattering way possible and from different angles, including from a drone. Another major selling feature that a South Florida real estate photographer should be used to photographing is a swimming pool and spa set up. Many homebuyers here absolutely insist on having this feature in their new home, as the weather here is warm year round. This too should be photographed in a certain precise way to show the pool’s features and beauty in relation to the home. Lush landscaping is another attractive feature to homebuyers here. An artistic South Florida real estate photographer will be able to show the palm trees and surrounding landscaping of a home from the best angles, revealing both the grounds and home itself as a tropical paradise.

Often when I’m photographing people I am told by the agent or client, something to the effect of “this is my good side.” Well did you know that homes have a good side?

A talented photographer should be skilled in finding “the good side” of a particular home. In addition every room has a “good side” as well. The placements of the windows, the location of the furniture and the direction by which the light enters the room all combine to create beautiful room ambience. However, in order to convey this ambience, the photo must be taken from the correct angle.

BELOW: A backyard pool shown next to the intercostal waterway helps the homebuyer imagine a afternoon swim after a fun boat ride.

Beautiful window light can fill a room with soft pretty lighting. However from the wrong angle, the room could appear washed out and lack detail in the furniture. Using of the proper F-Stop also plays a role in how a room looks. A wide lens opening can be used to throw undesirable looking areas out of focus while drawing attention to the more appealing aspects of a room. A small lens opening can assure that the entire room is in sharp focus.

By using carefully placed electronic flash or strobes a photographer could beautifully light a room while keeping the view through the windows looking great.

BELOW: With the help of the drone I was able to show just how close this Boca Raton Home is to the Atlantic Ocean.

Hiring a skilled real estate photographer with a great eye is one way to help assure that the home you are trying to sell receives the highest price possible. You want to more than justify the asking price of the house and having some amazing photos and video plus some drone shots can help accentuate the best aspects of the property and increase its appeal to potential buyers. These days, many potential buyers first search for homes on the internet and the more content that is posted to highlight a property, the more buyers the listing will attract.

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